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RAPAURA Watergardens

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Address: 586 Tapu-Coroglen Road | RD5, Thames 3575, New Zealand
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+64 7-868 4821

A mature property, which has evolved over more than 45 years, Rapaura...

A mature property, which has evolved over more than 45 years, Rapaura Watergardens offers something for everyone; native trees, ferns, seasonal flora, lily ponds, meandering walks over lush green lawns, bridges and streams, garden sculptures by an award winning artist and a relaxing bush walk to a cascading waterfall, ‘The Seven Stairs to Heaven’.

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Watergardens and water fall

Was a beautiful day with my family to walk around the wonderful gardens. We saw lots of ducks on our way to the waterfall. The waterfall was awesome. The kids had a great day and... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2016
Peter W
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Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

Was a beautiful day with my family to walk around the wonderful gardens. We saw lots of ducks on our way to the waterfall. The waterfall was awesome. The kids had a great day and were absolutely tired after we got back to the car. Was well worth the drive.

Thank Peter W
Auckland, New Zealand
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 23 April 2016

This is a place where you can visit a man-made garden and a nature waterfall. The garden was really beautiful we can see how much effort was put in to maintain it. There was lily ponds in the garden but I think we missed the flower season. The owner made us felt very welcomed I believe it would be a... More 

Thank babywin627
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
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Reviewed 7 April 2016

We visited the water gardens while staying in Thames whilst off the beaten track we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We walked through the garden up to the waterfall in beautiful landscaped gardens and bush. If you want peace and quite and be close to nature this is where you should go. Afterwards we had coffee at the cafe.Friendly and helpful... More 

Thank Keith70
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58 reviews
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Reviewed 4 April 2016

Absolutely lovely. So peaceful and all the water ponds and walks add to the atmosphere. Walk to falls is not recommended for those who struggle with climbing slopes - several flights of shallow steps through sub-tropical forest, but well worth it. Go here on a nice day (as some of paths a bit slippy), we went when it was sunny... More 

Thank Chris C
Leicester, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

The location was peaceful and in a beautiful garden. The cottage was very well equipped and the owners were really helpful, even baking us a loaf of bread!

Thank elliotF
East Midlands
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 29 March 2016

We stayed there in March and although it was only for one night we thoroughly enjoyed it. Sally and Sasha had been helpful answering e-mail queries from us before our visit and were extremely helpful and welcoming when we arrived. They provided everything for us to BBQ a steak meal on our own patio and it couldn't have been better.... More 

Thank JoyEastMidlands
Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

Fantastic experience Great food Well worth planning to spend time with Sally & Sasha- I must try the flounder next time Just wished I had more time

Thank markgoodman13
Thames, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 March 2016

Went with my hubby and thoroughly enjoyed our amble round these gorgeous gardens. Takes you to their own waterfall and swimming home which was divine, wish I'd had my togs with me. We had cake and coffee there first, both were excellent and the service was first class from one of the politest gentlemen owners that I've spoken to in... More 

Thank Michelle A
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 March 2016

take the garden trip then add on the wee hike to the seven tier waterfall it is beautiful . Then enjoy a meal or cake in the cafe the food was beautiful and the hazelnut torte was to die for

Thank Molzmum
Bruges, Belgium
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Reviewed 9 March 2016

Didn't expect to spend such an amount to visit those gardens but wasn't so expensive either. The place sure is beautiful and relaxing. Some people will rush through it and some will feel like staying for hours. Don't hesitate to buy duck food as they will follow you during your trip along the paths, and to go and see the... More 

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